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Visions of a Post-Apocalyptic Sunrise: Detroit Poems | Esperanza Cintrón

Visions of a Post-Apocalyptic Sunrise examines the rise and fall of black municipal power in Detroit. It explores the working class values that encouraged survival in the face of devastating loss, values that enabled the people to believe that they had some control over their fate even when confronted by overwhelming power. The poems suggest a cyclical sweep that begins with the intimacies of a separate black community, moves through the political and economic turmoil and ends with a return to what remains, the remnants of a familial community. This collection also includes an "An Interview: Detroit Convo"—a Question-&-Answer session between the poets Esperanza Cintrón, Lillien Waller and Lena Cintrón.

 

Advance Praise

Esperanza Cintrón's Visions of a Post-Apocalyptic Sunrise: Detroit Poems begins to the strains of B.B. King's "The Thrill is Gone" and ends with the "strained falsettos / of an R & B quartet dressed / in sharkskin and doing a Motown / dip and strut across the grand stage."

This book is pure music, song in all the ways that art, and Detroit, should be understood: boogie and stroll, celebration and defeat, love, hate—crown jewel of the past, uncertain present, future tense. It is a lullaby, a sermon, sadness, joy. These poems are life in all its fullness.

The "New Detroit" poems, particularly, remind me of a moment we all thought might save us. We were wrong about that. But as this book—part personal history, part history revisited—shows us, we were, through it all, human. Cintrón does what few writers pondering this city and its plight(s) have done: hit the right note.

Lillien Waller

ESPERANZA CINTRÓN is the author of two previous collections of poetry, Chocolate City Latina (Swank Press, 2005), and What Keeps Me Sane (Lotus Press, 2013), which won the 2013 Naomi Long Madgett Award. She was the recipient of a Michigan Council for the Arts Individual Artist Grant, The Metro Times Poetry Prize and a 2012 Callaloo Creative Writing Fellow at Brown University. Her poetry, fiction and essays appear in a number of anthologies and journals including Double Stitch (Beacon Press), Erotique Noire/Black Erotica (Doubleday), Abandoned Automobile (WSU Press), 13th Moon and The Little Magazine (SUNY Press), The Latin Americanist and Hispanic Outlook. She holds a doctorate in English Literature from The University of the State of New York. While in New York, she co-founded The Sisters of Color Writers Collective and created its literary journal Seeds, which was published from 1989 to 2006. Currently, she lives in downtown Detroit where she also teaches writing and literature at a local college.